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Thread #33289   Message #1053202
Posted By: GUEST,Don Meixner
13-Nov-03 - 12:56 PM
Thread Name: Help: Patrick O'Brian's Desolation Island
Subject: RE: Help: Patrick O'Brian's Desolation Island
Well I guess we will debate unendingly the right and wrong way to bring a book to the films and whether or not an actor is suited to the role. I have often stated my ability to suspend disbelief and be entertained. Once immersed in the period and the story I am lost until the last credit rolls.
   And if the film isn't quite exactly the story that was written I don't care. Treasure of Sierra Madre was really Houston's first attempt at The Man Who Would Be King. Clearly not as Kipling wrote it but no one denies it is one of the great American films.
And this debate goes on constantly with us kids who read, read and love comic books and see our favorited bit of panelology put on the screen and be clearly not what we read and remember. I expect I'll go to the theatre and watch this film for what it is. A film.

   I imagine I won't care if Russell Crowe isn't as big as Lucky Jack is in the books, (Robbie Coltrane isn't as big as Haggrid is in the books either. :-)), but I hope to be greatly entertained. Mainly because I'm able to see Lucky Jack Aubrey and Russell Crowe on the screen.

I can't wait to see this film and maybe it is good that I have never read the books. I only learned of them from Jeds's song on his fine CD last spring. Well before I heard of the movie.

   I'll read the books now that I am aware of them. And I can't wait for that either.

I'll of course add my two cents after I see this movie tomorrow. Can't wait for the lights to dim and the trailers to start.